WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drop in student loan defaults is welcome sign

The national student loan default rate fell from 14.7 percent to 13.7 percent from 2010 to 2011.

ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing

The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays

Despite a recovering economy, the Census Bureau reports that in 2013, the median household had $4,500 less buying power than it did in 2007, which could result in fewer purchases during the holidays.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Schools are failing to provide adequate job preparation

Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, believes a culture change in education is needed that prepares students for the jobs of the future.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nobel winners must light way to end India, Pakistan fighting

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi should set an example for their countries' leaders, who are continuing the battle over Kashmir.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Forbes 400 grow wealthier as middle class struggles

America’s wealthiest 400 hold a combined net worth of $2.3 trillion, which places the average Forbes 400 fortune at $5.7 billion, an all-time record high.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot ignore the underrepresentation of minorities among Columbia teachers

The very Constitution that our kids learn about supports the idea that we are all created equal. Does not that mean minorities should be represented as core classroom teachers in a similar proportion to the very students they teach and serve?

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amendment to limit governor's powers is bad for Missouri

Amendment 10 would change the state budgetary process from beginning to end, shifting nearly all of the budget responsibility to the Legislature. It’s a naked power grab by Republicans.

GUEST COMMENTARY: It's up to local officials to prepare if Ebola spreads

The CDC has a good track record for preventing and controlling infectious diseases, but it can't be everywhere at once.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Early voting measure is nothing but an empty promise

The measure would limit the times people could vote and require an advance ballot request, which would make it harder for some voters to cast ballots.


WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sore losers shouldn't prevail on Right to Farm vote

Ballot language said to be vague or misleading must be, and frequently is, challenged in court before elections.


DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood

MU's blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it's unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they're sick.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Royals fever brings epic pride to Kansas City

Royals fans are elated to see their team compete in a World Series for the first time in 29 years.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Potential risk of meningitis has simple solution

Today, with a quick visit to our doctors, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from dreadful diseases that our ancestors had to face.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Marijuana ordinances would take city in sensible but unpredictable direction

Further moves to decriminalize marijuana in the city could cause confusion because of contradiction with federal and state laws.

TIM MAYLANDER: Opus project was communication failure on multiple levels

Many people think the handling of Opus Development Co.'s downtown student housing project was bungled when the city didn't listen to petitioners about the development agreement. But that's not the only communication failure related to the project, and the city isn't the only entity to blame.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Setting standards for Missouri schools needs serious attention

Setting good and challenging standards should in no way impede a teacher's ability to teach that subject or grade level.

DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed amendment would throw state budget out of whack

On the surface, Amendment 10 seems to be a good proposal, but looking closely, the amendment is worrisome for both parties.

GUEST COMMENTARY: We can't go on eating like this

Agriculture is pushing up global temperatures and draining our resources. High- and low-tech solutions have been proposed, but the real answer might be to use all of them.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon fine with favors, as long as he's handing them out

Missouri legislators are willing to pass a special law for one company while schools are under-funded and food insecurity rates increase.